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Unique Learning Experiences: Home & Abroad

At Grainger Engineering, you're getting much more than just an excellent education taught by top faculty. You're getting the opportunity to perform groundbreaking research, to start new businesses, to work with your peers across disciplines on complex modern challenges, to see the world and develop the skills to make a real impact. These are the opportunities unique to a large, collaborative, and multidisciplinary institution that can make a huge difference in your experience.

We also offer a number of interesting specialization courses, a joint minor with the Gies College of Business, projects, centers and resources to make your academic experience as unique as your interests. Experiences like this are what makes our students highly desired once they enter the job market.

Grainger Engineering First-Year Experience (GFX)

One way we make sure you start strong is with GFX: a program specifically for freshmen, which helps you get adjusted to college and start learning what you’re interested in. Along with an introductory course, GFX offers courses and other programs to give first-year students hands-on experiences to get their college careers off to a strong start.

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Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE)

CARE enhances the learning experience for all undergraduate engineering students through academic support, enhancing collaborative learning opportunities, and providing positive influence through peer mentoring.

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Senior Design Projects

Senior design projects offer you an unparalleled opportunity to work with a company on a specific project, which will give you beneficial hands-on experience before you graduate. You’ll work in teams to solve real world problems for corporate or not-for-profit clients. All engineering departments (except Physics) have a capstone or senior design project.

Aerospace Engineering

Agricultural & Biological Engineering


Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Cancer Community @Illinois

The Cancer Scholars Program is an undergraduate program that provides a unique and interdisciplinary learning experience. This program takes learning out of the traditional classroom model and incorporates real-world experiences. This method lets students pursue their passions, provides the opportunity for students to do meaningful work in an area that’s important, and will help Illinois graduates become leaders in providing solutions against cancer.

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Hoeft Technology & Management Program

This innovative program is a minor offered jointly through the Grainger College of Engineering and Geis College of Business. It bridges the gap between traditional engineering and business education by offering a unique curriculum to a select group of highly qualified undergraduates. In the T&M Program, you will work closely with corporate partners and gain invaluable skills that will make you a leader in technology and business.

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City Scholars

City Scholars leverages University of Illinois’ world renowned Grainger College of Engineering to connect Chicago’s growing tech companies with top talent. Students gain valuable experience through this semester-long study and work program in Chicago where they go behind the scenes of Chicago’s tech sector. Partner with the Grainger College of Engineering to identify, hire, and retain leading students to compete with coastal markets and build Chicago’s tech workforce.

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Open your world

The Grainger College of Engineering knows that having a global perspective is imperative to being a well-rounded engineer. That's why we are committed to helping your find your perfect opportunities with International Programs in Engineering (IPENG). Eager to experience Europe? Asia? South America? Ready to spend a few weeks? A semester? A summer? A year? IPENG enables you to broaden your horizons all of this possible with engineering-based academic, volunteer, and internship programs.

International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)

The International Programs in Engineering Office will help you to find the perfect experience away from Illinois. IPENG helps you study abroad without losing a beat in engineering course work. For engineering experiences, choose from:

  • More than 50 countries
  • Travel alone or with groups
  • Go for a few weeks, summer, semester, or academic year

Each fall there is an International Fair where representatives showcase your options and answer questions.

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International Minor in Engineering

Enhance your engineering education by focusing on the social sciences and humanities in a particular country or region by adding an international minor in engineering. Illinois was the first U.S. institution to offer an international minor in engineering as part of a regular degree program.

You will take courses at Illinois in addition to working or studying abroad. This approach will allow you to gain a level of expertise in a specific international region and will add to your credentials when seeking a professional position, especially if your career goals are globally oriented.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Engineers Without Borders is an international non-profit organization committed to advancing the quality of life in impoverished countries via socioeconomically and ecologically sustainable engineering projects. The chapter at Illinois is student-run and extremely active.

Get involved with the Illinois EWB student teams to conduct significant water and power projects in rural villages in Africa, Guatemala, India, and Mexico. You will have opportunities to:

  • Work, on location, side-by-side with local citizens and non-governmental organizations
  • Secure international funding
  • Guide planning for current and future needs
  • Assist in building the infrastructure necessary to sustain improvements

These are life-changing experiences, for you, your teammates, and the communities.

Illinois Study Abroad

If you're interested in a program outside of engineering, Illinois Study Abroad offers programs around the globe.

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